TIM BOSMA: Accused killer Dellen Millard gets a new lawyer

News Jun 22, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The flashy and effusive criminal lawyer who planned to defend accused serial killer Dellen Millard at trial has been replaced.

Deepak Paradkar has been involved with Millard's case since the wealthy aviation heir was arrested two years ago for the first-degree murder of Tim Bosma. Yet he will not be Millard's trial lawyer. Instead Ravin Pillay, who has been part of Millard's defence team, although not its frontman, will represent him when the case goes to trial next January.

"Ravin's been on the case from Day 1," was all Paradkar, who lives in Mississauga, would say in an uncharacteristically short interview about the switch.

Bosma, a 32-year-old Ancaster family man, vanished after taking two strangers on a test drive of the truck he was selling. Millard and his friend Mark Smich are charged with his first-degree murder.

They are also charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, 23, who disappeared in Toronto in June 2012. Millard is further charged with the first-degree murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in November 2012 was originally ruled a suicide.

From the beginning of the Bosma case, Paradkar has been exceptionally willing to talk to the media. After one memorable early court appearance by Millard and Smich, Paradkar stood on the front steps of the Hamilton courthouse answering media questions until the large scrum of journalists had exhausted themselves. Meanwhile, Thomas Dungey, lawyer for Smich, literally ran out the back door of the courthouse into a waiting car, refusing to speak to anyone.

Despite appearing many times on Millard's behalf in court, Paradkar was never properly retained as his trial lawyer. Despite months of assurances to the court and the Spectator that it would happen soon, it never did. The delay caused speculation that Millard, whose assets were signed over to his mother after his arrest, was unable to pay his legal fees. However, earlier this month Pillay went on record as having been retained by Millard.

Calls to Pillay for this story were not returned.

Called to the bar in 1999, Pillay's office is on The Esplanade in Toronto.

He has made news with a number of his cases over the years. In Peterborough, he defended a former Bandidos biker gang member at a forfeiture hearing when the Crown wanted to seize his client's home on the grounds it was part of his cocaine empire.

He represented a man wanted for murder and decapitation in Philadelphia who was facing extradition from Canada.

He was lawyer for one of two men convicted of carrying out a pair of execution-style killings to avenge the theft of a cocaine shipment in Pickering. That case hinged on a third man, whom Pillay suggested framed the accused men to save himself.

He has also defended two men charged with killing police officers.

York Regional Police Det. Const. Robert Plunkett was pinned between a car and tree while attempting to arrest the car's driver. South Simcoe Police Const. Alan Kuzmich was killed by a speeding car that was chasing after a motorcycle.

The next pretrial date for the Bosma case is Sept. 3.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

TIM BOSMA: Accused killer Dellen Millard gets a new lawyer

News Jun 22, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The flashy and effusive criminal lawyer who planned to defend accused serial killer Dellen Millard at trial has been replaced.

Deepak Paradkar has been involved with Millard's case since the wealthy aviation heir was arrested two years ago for the first-degree murder of Tim Bosma. Yet he will not be Millard's trial lawyer. Instead Ravin Pillay, who has been part of Millard's defence team, although not its frontman, will represent him when the case goes to trial next January.

"Ravin's been on the case from Day 1," was all Paradkar, who lives in Mississauga, would say in an uncharacteristically short interview about the switch.

Bosma, a 32-year-old Ancaster family man, vanished after taking two strangers on a test drive of the truck he was selling. Millard and his friend Mark Smich are charged with his first-degree murder.

They are also charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, 23, who disappeared in Toronto in June 2012. Millard is further charged with the first-degree murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in November 2012 was originally ruled a suicide.

From the beginning of the Bosma case, Paradkar has been exceptionally willing to talk to the media. After one memorable early court appearance by Millard and Smich, Paradkar stood on the front steps of the Hamilton courthouse answering media questions until the large scrum of journalists had exhausted themselves. Meanwhile, Thomas Dungey, lawyer for Smich, literally ran out the back door of the courthouse into a waiting car, refusing to speak to anyone.

Despite appearing many times on Millard's behalf in court, Paradkar was never properly retained as his trial lawyer. Despite months of assurances to the court and the Spectator that it would happen soon, it never did. The delay caused speculation that Millard, whose assets were signed over to his mother after his arrest, was unable to pay his legal fees. However, earlier this month Pillay went on record as having been retained by Millard.

Calls to Pillay for this story were not returned.

Called to the bar in 1999, Pillay's office is on The Esplanade in Toronto.

He has made news with a number of his cases over the years. In Peterborough, he defended a former Bandidos biker gang member at a forfeiture hearing when the Crown wanted to seize his client's home on the grounds it was part of his cocaine empire.

He represented a man wanted for murder and decapitation in Philadelphia who was facing extradition from Canada.

He was lawyer for one of two men convicted of carrying out a pair of execution-style killings to avenge the theft of a cocaine shipment in Pickering. That case hinged on a third man, whom Pillay suggested framed the accused men to save himself.

He has also defended two men charged with killing police officers.

York Regional Police Det. Const. Robert Plunkett was pinned between a car and tree while attempting to arrest the car's driver. South Simcoe Police Const. Alan Kuzmich was killed by a speeding car that was chasing after a motorcycle.

The next pretrial date for the Bosma case is Sept. 3.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

TIM BOSMA: Accused killer Dellen Millard gets a new lawyer

News Jun 22, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The flashy and effusive criminal lawyer who planned to defend accused serial killer Dellen Millard at trial has been replaced.

Deepak Paradkar has been involved with Millard's case since the wealthy aviation heir was arrested two years ago for the first-degree murder of Tim Bosma. Yet he will not be Millard's trial lawyer. Instead Ravin Pillay, who has been part of Millard's defence team, although not its frontman, will represent him when the case goes to trial next January.

"Ravin's been on the case from Day 1," was all Paradkar, who lives in Mississauga, would say in an uncharacteristically short interview about the switch.

Bosma, a 32-year-old Ancaster family man, vanished after taking two strangers on a test drive of the truck he was selling. Millard and his friend Mark Smich are charged with his first-degree murder.

They are also charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, 23, who disappeared in Toronto in June 2012. Millard is further charged with the first-degree murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in November 2012 was originally ruled a suicide.

From the beginning of the Bosma case, Paradkar has been exceptionally willing to talk to the media. After one memorable early court appearance by Millard and Smich, Paradkar stood on the front steps of the Hamilton courthouse answering media questions until the large scrum of journalists had exhausted themselves. Meanwhile, Thomas Dungey, lawyer for Smich, literally ran out the back door of the courthouse into a waiting car, refusing to speak to anyone.

Despite appearing many times on Millard's behalf in court, Paradkar was never properly retained as his trial lawyer. Despite months of assurances to the court and the Spectator that it would happen soon, it never did. The delay caused speculation that Millard, whose assets were signed over to his mother after his arrest, was unable to pay his legal fees. However, earlier this month Pillay went on record as having been retained by Millard.

Calls to Pillay for this story were not returned.

Called to the bar in 1999, Pillay's office is on The Esplanade in Toronto.

He has made news with a number of his cases over the years. In Peterborough, he defended a former Bandidos biker gang member at a forfeiture hearing when the Crown wanted to seize his client's home on the grounds it was part of his cocaine empire.

He represented a man wanted for murder and decapitation in Philadelphia who was facing extradition from Canada.

He was lawyer for one of two men convicted of carrying out a pair of execution-style killings to avenge the theft of a cocaine shipment in Pickering. That case hinged on a third man, whom Pillay suggested framed the accused men to save himself.

He has also defended two men charged with killing police officers.

York Regional Police Det. Const. Robert Plunkett was pinned between a car and tree while attempting to arrest the car's driver. South Simcoe Police Const. Alan Kuzmich was killed by a speeding car that was chasing after a motorcycle.

The next pretrial date for the Bosma case is Sept. 3.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont